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Las Cruces brothers accused of killing teen to stay in jail

Julio Gutierrez Barrera is facing charges of murder and tampering with evidence for the drive-by shooting that killed a 14-year-old girl in Las Cruces. (Credit: CBS4/KFOX14)

Judges ruled that the two Las Cruces brothers arrested in a deadly drive-by shooting will stay in jail for now.

Julio Gutierrez Barrera, 20, and Alonzo Barrera, 19, both had their initial motion hearing at the Doña Ana County courthouse Friday afternoon.

According to Las Cruces police, Julio Gutierrez Barrera opened fire at a house party around 3 a.m. Saturday after an altercation. One of the three shots hit 14-year-old Jocelyn Trujillo Pierce in the back of head, killing her instantly, police said.

Julio Gutierrez Barrera is facing charges of murder and tampering with evidence. Prosecutors argued Julio is a danger to the community and has a possible gang affiliation. The defense said he has no prior record.

The judge ruled Julio Gutierrez Barrera will stay in jail without bond.

"Because Mr. Gutierrez Barrera is charged with a capital offense, that in and of itself and the evidence we showed was enough to hold him without bail," senior trial prosecutor Rebecca Duffin said.

Jocelyn Trujillo Pierce's grandparents were in the courtroom for that decision.

"I think they were relieved," Duffin said. "I think that they see this as the first step for justice for their granddaughter, so they seemed to be relieved this step is over."

In the court room next door, a judge ruled Alonzo Barrera will stay in the Doña Ana County Detention Center until a secondary hearing to set conditions of house arrest and a $5,000 secured bond.

Alonzo Barrera is accused of tampering with evidence and conspiracy to commit a crime.

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